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Ministry Moves to the Creation of Tourism Studies Courses

The tourism development ministry has initiated the process for the creation of tourism studies courses in public higher education facilities. Secretary General of Tourism Spyros Efstathopoulos, under the directive of Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos, has initiated...

SETE Outlook Optimistic for Tourism in 2008

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises recently held its sixth conference entitled "The dynamics of changes in world tourism; how do they effect us? What is our reaction?"

Greece Experiences Twenty Percent Rise In Arrivals

At its annual press call to discuss tourism developments the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises said tourism arrivals to Greece have increased more than 19.5 percent in the period 2005-2006 when compared with 2004. It also forecast another major increase this year since the...

Prime Minster Stresses Environmental Concerns

Environmental concern was one of the key issues in the speech delivered by the Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis at the 15th general assembly of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.

New Tourism Zoning Plan

Government last month introduced a draft proposal for the introduction of land zoning regulations for the tourism sector. The plan, if accepted and passed, is expected to lead to the construction of leisure and retirement villages, which could attract major investment to the...

Tourist Panorama 2007

Although some travel professionals were a bit leery about attending last month's Tourist Panorama travel and tourism fair, the end result eliminated any fears they may have had. The 350-plus exhibitor stands were well spaced and with plenty of breathing room, and most all had...

Locals Determine Quality of Tourism Product

Tourism competitiveness does not depend only, or basically, on price, reputed the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises after a recent report released by the World Economic Forum. The report on travel and tourism competitiveness, which placed Greece number 24 in a list of 124...

Airlines in North America Market Greece

Tourist arrivals from the USA to Greece are expected to rise further this year, boosted by the addition of flights to and from Athens by two major American carriers, Continental and US Airways, an Athens International Airport official told a recent conference held in Athens.

Tourism Leader Calls for Lobbying Agency

Stavros Andreadis, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, last month called for the formation of a single lobbying agency for Greek employers. One, he said, that would represent businesses in proportion to their contribution to the national economy.

Another Strong Year Forecast for Greek Tourism

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises has forecast a rise of around 8 percent in tourism arrivals this year, with more than 14 million tourists visiting Greece. The association says that tourist arrivals were up 7.2 percent from a year ago in January-October, compared with...

Tourism Enterprises Can Cut Costs with Renewable Energy

The use of solar energy, water resources with the implementation of new technology, as well as the design of buildings that host tourism facilities that take advantage of renewable sources of energy lead to a reduction in operating costs, improvement of the commercial image of...

Designing Investment Policy For Greek Tourism

For Greece to become a more attractive tourism destination, investment must be oriented to improving quality of life by combining the uniqueness of the Greek lifestyle experience with the standards and values created by global community, says the Association of Greek Tourist...

POET Joins SETE

The Panhellenic Federation of Tourist Enterprises (POET) became a member of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) last month to support the association's efforts to more fully represent tourism enterprises in the country.

Tourism and Development Conference Set for October

The Association for Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) is holding its fifth Tourism and Development Conference in Athens on October 16 and 17.

The Human Factor in Tourism and Shipping

The human factor and the growth of tourism and shipping, two key aspects of the Greek economy, was the focus of IST/University of Hertfordshire's meeting last month. Professors Haris Kokkosis and Ioannis Tzoannos, each representing the ministry's they work for, pointed out the...

New Business Model Essential for Tourism

At the Association for Greek Tourist Enterprises’ assembly meeting last month, its president, Stavros Andreadis, pointed out that the ministry of tourism development's role is not as clear as it could be to the public sector in general, and although "coordinated efforts are...

Competitiveness of Greek Tourism Product Continues to Decline

Greece continues to lose ground as a preferred tourism destination. In 2004, Greece placed 16th as a tourism destination choice worldwide, a drop from 13th in 2002, according to the findings of a recent study titled, "The Challenge of Competitiveness and Redefining Greek Tourism...

Tourism Professionals Cite – Tourism Satellite Account Imperative

The annual success of the tourism sector depends on systematic groundwork and sound preparation, according to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.

Tourism and Development Conference Stresses Cooperation

The fourth annual tourism conference organized by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises welcomed speakers from 10 countries this year. On opening the conference, the association's president, Stavros Andreadis, said that since the last conference there has been no change in...

A Good Year, But Next Year Even Better

The strong rise in the number of foreign visitors this year should not cause officials to relax their efforts to solve the problems of the tourism industry, the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises said last month.